Ed. Note: Burly's is closed.
I've heard all sorts of things about Burly's Burgers since it opened a few months ago, but the general consensus is that the burgers could give Huey's a run for their Best Burger title come readers' poll season.
Burly's Burgers' Madison Ave. storefront is a simple place. There are only two menu items: a 100 percent black Angus beef burger, cooked 11 different ways and fries (regular, spicy, garlic, barbecue or chili cheese). The decor is equally utilitarian – just some plain tables and chairs against red and black walls.
Intern Jerel and I stopped by for lunch today, and here's what we found:
Order: the Heat Burger combo ($9.25)
Winston Churchill once said, “If you are going through hell, keep going.” Sound advice for both life and eating/enduring the Heat Burger. This beast of a burger didn’t look like much at first glance, but from the first bite I knew that I was wrong.
Eating this burger is like eating your way through nine rings of spicy. The outer parts were definitely hot, but nothing I couldn't handle – it was the center of the burger that hit me the hardest. Eventually,I tamed the burger of a thousand flames, and when all was said and done, I felt a strange sense of accomplishment, as though I had just gone 12 rounds with Mike Tyson and lived.
Order: Down South burger combo ($9.50)
I wouldn't have had the moxie to put guacamole on a burger, but I'm glad someone did. On the Down South burger, it's slathered on the bun where mustard and ketchup would normally go, adding a cool, avocado-y kick to the huge, blackened burger.
The Down South burger isn't so much Southwester as Southwest-ish – in addition to the guacamole, the burger is topped with white cheese, a tomato, mayo and grilled onions. While the meat is generously seasoned, it's not overly spicy. The burger's texture was perfect, crunchy in all the right places and cooked all the way through without being overdone.
If you're torn between the plain burger and a combo, get the combo. It's only about a $1.50 more expensive, and it means that the burger comes with a pile of lightly seasoned Burly Fries. They were perfect – hot, crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle.
Burly's is open Monday – Thursday from 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. If you don't want to dine in, they offer delivery. While the restaurant is perfectly kid-friendly, the only vegetarian option is the kids' menu grilled cheese.
662 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103